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EACH WEEKEDAY EVENING, brings you five things you really need to know before you finish up for the day…

1. #EUROZONE Eurozone finance ministers have been meeting in Brussels today in another attempt to agree measures which would halt the growing crisis of confidence in the single currency. But it comes amid growing turmoil across some eurozone nations with Italian borrowing costs rising to nearly 8 per cent today.

2. #WEATHER WARNING Met Éireann says there is more heavy rain and wind to come as it issued a weather warning today. The south, southeast and east will all be affected by significant rainfall while temperatures are expected to fall tonight to between 4 and 7 degrees and more rain forecast.

3. #SHOCKING In France, a man has been arrested on suspicion of killing his three-year-old son by locking him into a washing machine and then turning it on. It is reported the child was locked in the machine for several minutes before he was freed by his mother but it was too late to save him.

4. #CANNABIS Irish-grown cannabis is more potent than that which is imported from abroad a study has found. The National Advisory Committee on Drugs also expressed concern about the surge in cannabis cultivation in Ireland saying the heightened potency is a result of the drug being grown indoors.

5. #X FACTOR The rumours that the winner of this year’s X Factor is to cover the Damien Rice song ‘Cannonball‘ have not gone down well with everyone. Reports indicate that the final four in the competition have already laid down vocals for the track on Rice’s hugely successful album ‘O’.

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